Lithuania

Lithuanian leaders became increase in activity mainly because of the Lithuanian EU Presidency in the second half of 2013. In early 2014 the @EU2013LT was renamed to @LithuaniaMFA and became the official Twitter account of the foreign ministry in Vilnius.

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė set up her Twitter account on 21 November 2012. Dalia Grybauskaitė increased her Twitter activity in the second half of 2013, tweeting about her meetings, the European Union and the events in Ukraine. Her most retweeted tweets all focus around the situation in the Ukraine offering to accept the injured of the violent clashes in Kiev for medical treatment or offering asylum to Pavel @Durov, the founder of Russia’s social network vKontakte in Lithuania. Since Twitter is still not widely used in Lithuania @Grybauskaite_LT did not use her personal account during her successful re-election campaign in May 2014. It shows, that her tweets target to international followers, not the local electorate.

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Dalia Grybauskaitė

@Grybauskaite_LT

President of the Republic of Lithuania

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:459
Following:241
Followers:28,983
Joined Twitter: 11/21/2012
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.64
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.32
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 98%
Most mentioned @NATO (11), @EU2013LT (8), @euHvR (8), @AndersFoghR (7), @IlvesToomas (7), @UN (7), @MeilutyteRuta (7), @EU_Commission (6), @EUCouncil (6), @BarackObama (5)

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Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius joined Twitter on 24 March 2011 but was passive until Lithuania took over the rotating EU presidency on 1 July 2013. Most of his tweets are in English with some repeated in Lithuanian. Algirdas Butkevičius does not engage with his followers, @replying or @mentioning others only on rare occasions. @AButkevicius tweets only intermittently with approximately three tweets each month, sharing his personal opinions including his condemnation of events in Ukraine: “I condemn the bloodshed. #Ukraine must stop any fight against its own people and resolve problems by means of diplomacy and negotiations” he posted on 23 January 2014 and became his most retweeted tweet. The prime minister also started sharing his official agenda and meetings, but the majority of tweets are congratulatory statements on sport achievements or various commemorations.

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Algirdas Butkevičius

@AButkevicius

Lietuvos Respublikos Ministras Pirmininkas/ Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:199
Following:196
Followers:2,360
Joined Twitter: 03/24/2011
Language: Lithuanian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.15
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.16
Replies/Tweet: 0.03
Tweets retweeted: 50%
Most mentioned @MeilutyteRuta (4), @UNESCO (2), @EU_Commission (2), @JunckerEU (2), @AndrisBerzinsh (1), @EU_EYC2013 (1), @WorldBank (1), @EnricoLetta (1), @euHvR (1), @MariusGurskas (1)

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Government of Lithuania LR Vyriausybė

Lithuania’s official governmental Twitter account was set up in May 2009 under former Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius. The account tweets mainly in Lithuanian, mostly official news announcements and the activities of the prime minister. Since taking over the EU rotating presidency the account started having some content in English, retweeting tweets from the prime minister and other European leaders. This account has been dormant since beginning of 2014.

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LR Vyriausybė

@Vyriausybe

Sveiki atvykę į oficialų Vyriausybės puslapį socialiniame tinkle Twitter! Welcome to official Twitter account of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:795
Following:72
Followers:3,094
Joined Twitter: 05/20/2009
Language: Lithuanian
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.4
Retweets: 2%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.03
Replies/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 9%
Most mentioned @AButkevicius (15), @EU_Commission (2), @ICMCI (1), @MeilutyteRuta (1), @Stefan_Lofven (1), @JunckerEU (1)

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Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius

Linas Linkevičius has been tweeting since December 2012 when he became Lithuania’s Foreign Minister. @LinkeviciusL is the most active Lithuanian politician on Twitter. Linkevičius’ Twitter feed is dominated by comments on international meetings and EU policy decisions. Among his most used hashtags are the #EU, #Ukraine, #NATO and #Russia reflecting a keen interest and an actrive involvement in the current debate about the situation in Ukraine. Linas Linkevičius tweets on average three times per day and occasionally @replies to his peers, namely Sweden’s @CarlBildt. Latvia’s @EdgarsRinkevics and Poland’s @SikorskiRadek. His most retweeted post is from 7 March 2014 showing “Two types of self-defence...” and a picture of defenders in Kiev and Crimea. The Lithuanian foreign minister is well connected with his peers, unilaterally following 32 and mutually connected with 21.

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Linas Linkevicius

@LinkeviciusL

Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:2,358
Following:325
Followers:13,294
Joined Twitter: 12/28/2012
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 3.49
Retweets: 37%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.29
Replies/Tweet: 0.05
Tweets retweeted: 57%
Most mentioned @EU2013LT (29), @edgarsrinkevics (25), @carlbildt (20), @sikorskiradek (18), @StefanFuleEU (14), @EU_Commission (12), @AndersFoghR (12), @Grybauskaite_LT (10), @Urmaspaet (9), @edwardlucas (8)

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Foreign Ministry of Lithuania Lithuania MFA

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry created the @EU2013LT for its EU presidency in December 2010 and renamed the account to @LithuaniaMFA in early 2014. #EU2013LT is still the most used hashtag on its Twitter stream. The foreign ministry tweets on average seven times a day and half of its tweets are retweets, mainly of Foreign Minister @LinkeviciusL. As the other Lithuanian leaders the foreign ministry monitors the situation in Ukraine and its most retweeted post is from 15 April 2014 when it tweeted #UnitedForUkraine. The foreign ministry maintains a useful Twitter list of its 29 embassies and missions around the world and posts a daily Paper.li summary with „news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the world“. @LithuaniaMFA is among the 15 best connected foreign ministries in the world, having established mutual relations with 41 peers.

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Lithuania MFA

@LithuaniaMFA

This is the official account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania. This account is managed by the MFA Communications team.

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Tweets:4,308
Following:591
Followers:13,092
Joined Twitter: 12/14/2010
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 8.75
Retweets: 55%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.24
Replies/Tweet: 0.04
Tweets retweeted: 38%
Most mentioned @LinkeviciusL (122), @Grybauskaite_LT (30), @Europarl_EN (19), @Twiplomacy (16), @LithuaniaMFA (14), @ZygisPavilionis (13), @euHvR (13), @Leskevicius (11), @LRT_LT (10), @Keliauk_URM (10)

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